by: betsy peirce, produce manager
LOCAL PRODUCER PROFILE
This spring we’re excited to add a new local mushroom producer: Inga Haugen, originally from Harmony, MN. Recently Inga received a grant to start a mushroom operation, and the fruits of her labor are now blossoming in the form of shiitake and oyster mushrooms, picked fresh to order.
Inga starts all her mushrooms from scratch using a culture from another mushroom. She then grows the culture and inoculates her logs with it, and the result is fungus amongus!
Oyster mushrooms (which can also be found in the wild around Northeast Iowa) have a seafood-like flavor with a touch of anise. In fact, they can be substituted for seafood in recipes as a vegan option. We are currently carrying Inga’s oyster mushrooms in our produce department and the shiitake mushrooms will soon follow.
PRODUCE TO LOOK FOR
IN EARLY SUMMER:
We are already in full swing with local spinach and salad mix! Local is definitely fresher because it’s harvested to order. We place an order, the farmers picks it and delivers it the same or next day.
MORE BENEFITS OF LOCAL
Along with fresher flavor, more nutrients are retained when you eat food soon after harvest. The carbon footprint is significantly reduced because the produce travels less than 60 miles. One of the best benefits is that that money you spend on local food stays right here in NE Iowa to help our local economy.
Coming up in the next few months from the greenhouses of GROWN Locally: Local Asian cucumbers, grape and cherry tomatoes, green peppers, and more!
JUNE: Fresh peas, chard, zucchini, and green beans (toward the end and into July.)
JULY: Carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, new potatoes, sweet onions, cabbage broccoli and kohlrabi. This by no means is a complete list, it’s only meant to get your taste buds ready for summer produce!